2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV)
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.
There are few things more terrible for a father than the rebellion of a child. We love them so desperately when they are growing up. We ache when they begin their own lives. We grieve if we are not able to see them often. But we are broken if they turn against us.
In this case David’s pain is of his own making and he knows it.
- His disobedience in multiple wives
- His lack of discipline and direction for his children and especially
- His sin with Bathsheba
Had brought this on. God had told him it would be so.
David demonstrated humility with Shimei because he knew this was all of God. But I notice that he also held out hope for grace. We need never to live in the pit of despair. Humility is not pessimism. Humility is honesty concerning ourselves and hopefulness concerning God.
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2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) Hope for Grace
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